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We have a generator, so we don't have to do the bathtub dance and besides we don't have any bathtubs!

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I also fill up all sinks, and even my washing machine back when I could stop it manually.

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I'm curious to those who have generators for the well pump as well as to what size they have. We have a 4000 Watt generator that we take camping and I've always wondered if it would be big enough to run or well pump


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Well, 4,000 watts would be plenty for running your pump. The real issue is hooking it up. There are serious implications to consider so that you don't backfeed the IREA electrical grid and kill someone working on what should have been an idle line. We have a transfer switch on the side of the house. In one position, we get power only from IREA. In the other position, IREA is completely disconnected and the generator supplies power to the main circuit breaker panel for the house. Also, the generator needs to be running BEFORE there is a call for water. In other words, if you flush a toilet, the initial surge of power to start the pump needs to be available immediately.

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Also need to check the required voltage for your pump. Many well pumps require 220 volts but most generators only provide 110 volts


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Regarding generator sizing- A good rule of thumb is to never go smaller than 1 and 1/2 times the size of the well pump motor in generator output, assuming the well pump is the only load. If you don't know your well pump size, have an electrician or a well mechanic verify the startup (inrush) amperage, and use this info to correctly size your generator. Startup amperage can be 4 times the running amps, and some cheaper generators can't do this-


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Post Posted: Nov 7, 2018 9:29 am 
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Any good recommendations on a good electrician to wire in a transfer switch and the cost of what you paid.?
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Don't know about electricians, but there used to be a master electrician who advertised here on Pinecam. Anyone know of him? Personally, I keep 10 gallons on hand and use about ten more daily from jugs. I don't use milk jugs anymore, too flimsy. Iced tea gallon jugs are great IMO.

As for the well, I have a well bucket that I use for dipping it. My static water level is about 50 feet and it's a bit of a workout, but I have water.

Also, I keep a gallon pot on the woodstove at all times. In a storm, I use snow in the icebox to keep food cold and when it melts I use that water for flushing. Snow gets put on an upper shelf in the veggie drawer.

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TrednWatr wrote:
Don't know about electricians, but there used to be a master electrician who advertised here on Pinecam. Anyone know of him? Personally, I keep 10 gallons on hand and use about ten more daily from jugs. I don't use milk jugs anymore, too flimsy. Iced tea gallon jugs are great IMO.

As for the well, I have a well bucket that I use for dipping it. My static water level is about 50 feet and it's a bit of a workout, but I have water.

Also, I keep a gallon pot on the woodstove at all times. In a storm, I use snow in the icebox to keep food cold and when it melts I use that water for flushing. Snow gets put on an upper shelf in the veggie drawer.



I have a chest freezer with gallon jugs of water in it. When the power goes out I put a couple of them in the fridge on an upper shelf to keep things cold, kinda like an old-fashioned icebox operation.


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Any good recommendations on a good electrician to wire in a transfer switch and the cost of what you paid.?
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